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. >> some cite the risk of doing things. but we need to ask what is the risk of doing nothing? >> tonight, u.s. warships are in position. will the president give the order to strike? "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian tonight. the words and the signals couldn't be clearer. it is virtually certain tonight the united states will not let syria's alleged use of chemical weapons go unpunished. the president today said he has not made a final decision in the course of action, but the case for a u.s. military attack was spelled out in no uncertain terms by secretary of state john kerry. like a prosecutor making an impassioned closing argument to a jury, kerry today made a point-by-point assessment of the evidence against syria, and warning of the consequences should the world turn a blind eye. kerry offered new details of the chemical attacks and the assad government's involvement based on evidence he said was clear and compelling. he said any u.s. response would be limited in its scope, without american boots on the ground. and he revealed that more than 1400 p
syria. new clues about when a strike might happen. now, threats of retaliation if those u.s. missiles fly. >>> mishgamerica's biggest drugstore chain is accused of overcharging at the register. and we'll meet the sensation of the u.s. open 17-year-old american victoria duval. >>> first, we begin with today's eye opener your world in 90 seconds. >> i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict but we need to make sure they're held accountable. >> the stakes rise in syria. >> the president's assistance assad must face international consequences have has the u.s. at odds with russia. >> signaling the u.s. may act without the support of the u.n. or or its allies. >> we'd be better off if the administration let congress authorize this activity. >> an oil rig explosion near a highway in southwest texas. all employees were evacuated safely and have been accounted for. >> former nfl star turned murder suspect aaron hernandez cut ties with his family and teammates, surrounding himself only with a quote of gangsters. >> a jury has recommended the death penalty
, even ordering dinner in. with only 25 hours left. many people who use b.a.r.t. are bracing for a crippling strike. >> in oakland, negotiators have been meeting all day and they're still a it. >> that's right. we haven't seen the negotiators leave for the night so as far as we know, they are still in the building hashing it owl. earlier at 7:00, we did hear from one of the upper negotiators who told us, quote, we are working on it. she went on to say the two sides have been discussing some of the major sticking points, including salary and benefits. >> the unions understand the gravity of the situation. we know today is august 3rd. i think that is a breakthrough to the district. they recognize today is august 3rd. so we don't have a lot of time. >> inside this building on west grand, close to oakland, talks continue between b.a.r.t. and the two largest unions. so far there are no indications from either side that any major progress is being made to avert a strike monday morning. one that could lead hundreds of thousands of commuters stranded or stuck in grid lock. >> it make
assistance disaster relief. we used it as an accreditation not only for some of our adaptive force packages, but more importantly to the state of hawaii to allow them to get an accreditation that they needed for 13 of their hospitals where we set up on ford island, those familiar with the oahu island geography, we utilized ford island and we had a scenario where there was an earthquake with a resultant tsunami and mass casualties along with the destruction that goes with it to the road infrastructure and communication. and, so, we were able to parlay, if you will, this opportunity to leverage off our international partners. we had seven nations that out of the 22 that actually participated in the hadr, and there were probably also 19 of the 22 that at least observed. but there were 7 of us that actually participated. and we were able to share with each other those things that worked, those things that don't work. it's interesting because one of the things that we work very hard on was one of the things that the first panel this morning talked about, and that was communication. and language,
>>> good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm in for ama daetz. we begin with breaking news. police are on the scene of a shooting in oakland. we learned four people have been shot. you are taking a live look now. this happened a little less than an hour ago on the 1700 block of telegraph avenue near 17th 17th street. telegraph is currently closed between 16th and 18th street as police investigate. right now we have no word on the victims' conditions or a suspect. but at you see there, a heavy police presence as investigators try to gather evidence. the yellow crime scene blocking off access there. again, this is at 17th and telegraph where four people were shot. we will have an update for you from the scene live on abc7 at 6:00, and our reporting continues right now on twitter. follow us@abc news bay area. >> now to the final moments of a lean mark building in hayward. >> it's really sad they're taking her down. >> a moment of sentiment and science. the implosion of a building at the cal state east bay campuses more than making way for something new. scientists are hoping it will h in the west. it's tuesday august 27th 2013. welcome to "cbs this morning." it now seems not if but when the u.s. will strike syria. the latest from the white house and syrian border. firefighters make progress near yosemite but flames still threaten the water supply for millions. >> seth doane takes us inside a radioactive ghost town years after the tsunami. only on "cbs this morning," consumer reports reveal how store brands stack up to name brands. >> we begin this morning with a look at today's eye-opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> the u.s. urges closer to striking syria. >> four u.s. navy destroyers are close enough to launch a missile strike. >> what secretary kerry described as undeniable use of chemical weapons. >> how close is the u.s. right now to using military action. >> we're getting closer every moment. >> the president should not have set a red line unless he knows what he's going to do. >> firefighters making progres
. they are painting using compressors, repair work that would normally impact traffic in a major way. >> it helps cal tran get work done. >> this is going to be in great shape, a good compliment to the brandt newbridge. it's an exciting day for everybody. >> reporter: workers have t eer to finish up work that needs to be done to get the toll plaza open for opening day. they are replacing the light bulbs with led bulbs. they are hoping to be ahead of schedule. >>> thanks a lot. they can't use that bridge. so they're using that bridge. the san mateo bridge. and things moving along bretty smoothly. certainly coming westbound, slow going eastbound. it's much better than it was not that long ago. >>> now to a nbc bay area follow up. just days before the new span is set to open, cal trans has truck driver who died in 2009 who failed to navigate an s-curve. cal tran settled for $700,000. the lawsuit accused cal trans of not warning drivers about the sharp curve. state officials said he was traveling too fast and carrying more weight than he should have. the bridge is set to reopen at 5:00 tuesday morning. w
roads as people try to get out of town. >>> plus, president obama speaks out about the use of chemical weapons in syria as his justification for a possible missile strike. this is bay area news at 7. >>> i'm heather holmes. this is bay area news at 7. it is the start of a holiday weekend. we are counting down to bay bridge history, bay area history, the grand opening of new eastern span of the bay bridge is three days away. there is a chance they could open it early. just before 5:00 tonight, we received an update from the project spokesman, who says the work is proceeding right on schedule. he says crews completed all the grinding today in both directions. they are about halfway done with paving the west bound lanes and begun striping. east bound paving is complete. >> the focus will be on switching out the lighting in the tunnels from the traditional lights that have been there to led lights. they will continue that work over the next 24 hours. they are also going to wash the inside of the tunnel. >> gordon says the main goals are eefficiency and safety. asked whether it
is going to be very you can expect where democrats are in the majority, 54 of us, right, and where there was a willingness to get it done, do expect something out of the house of representatives that is better, from an ideological point of view, it will be more difficult. it is what i think. people, -- youe legalize people, they got to get a job, right, where there is healthcare. we know the american people to their health care through their employment, 80%. they will have more opportunities to get employment. their wages will increase, which means their ability to buy better food, to have a saner life, i mean, the stress that must be on those communities of people, the housing they have to live in. economic social and standards that will improve, but they will have to rely on emergency care because that was what was adopted in the senate. even though there is more than enough money saved according to cbo, instead of spending $45 billion over the next 10 years amount we spend $45 billion putting more control agents on the border. those are the decisions we are going to make. they a
we have a text in epidemic. how can we use the recent sensors and mapping and technologies that are available in robotics to have the car drive itself? that is moonshot thinking. maybe you can't get their right away. you have a mercury mission and then jim and i and apollo. it's about a year. this is the prototype, isabel for the glass designer. by the way for the prototype, the first prototype they built they did it not in a month but a year-and-a-half they put it together. why couldn't school be like that, but set apart and do the design thinking then we start projects and businesses? we think 10x better, not 10%. when we are working with something two-thirds what can i do to move forward in what is the critique? a third, yes. this is a place we just wanted people to celebrate moonshot thinking. also looking more historical yet who already made it but let's celebrate the people taking decrease the risk. hear the proposals and help them to try to move the world for word and moonshot radical proposals. last i guess i would end on - it's so important to help kids find their
"before sunset." and then we have a cooling trend in store for us. i'll tell you more about that with our next forecast. kira. >> francis, thank you. bart's two largest unions and management return to the negotiating table today in a last minute bid to avoid a strike tomorrow morning. the two sides negotiated all day yesterday. key issues included wages, pension, worker safety and healthcare costs. both sides say they are working to avoid a strike. >>> we are not at impasse. our team is prepared to negotiate and get a contract. we are not at impasse. >> we will go as long as as we need to go if we need to if it looks like we can get something done and get an agreement. >> both sides plan to return to the bargaining table in just a few hours. bart's current contract expires at midnight tonight. >>> san francisco mayor ed lee had strong words yesterday for both sides in the negotiations. work out a deal or else. >> if they can't get it together, i think a privilege to negotiate an agreement between the two, then i think that privilege might have to be removed. and if it is, it's a sorry sta
and projects all of the time. >> i think that it could, if they were using an elected officials in premature to add legitimatecy in the appeal to the public. >> you mean if they used it for example in printed material? >> yeah. >> or the media campaign. >> yeah. let's say that we are doing a mailer to say right to the board of supervisor and tell them not to cut them for the fire cuts keep them all open. >> maybe the firefighters union will do something like that. and they would say, you know, supervisors you are actually spear heading a movement to help us in gaining the funding that we need. please write or call the board right away. and that reporting would be captured whether or not the supervisor's names were attached to it or not. and you know, it is kind of that would not be it is not associated with like a ballot measure or something like that, so there is actually no political reporting attached to this. >> i see. >> does that answer your question? >> i think that it does. basically, the same thing is endorsed. and i was thinking more fire house number 9 and they and there is a part
remains open. we want to bring in gail spears, a spokesperson from the city of fairfield. are you with us? >> caller: i am. >> at this point, it's 6:00. can you tell us the very latest? >> caller: we've opened an evacuation center over at fairfield high for those who are being displaced right now for their safety. >> from what i've seen in the 5:00 hour, we saw a lot of smokes, a lot of flames. it looks like it's dissipated. it seems that firefighters have gotten control of this, what's your perspective? >> caller: hthey're not saying contained, but they're saying control. they are on the scene and they're making sure they're going to get this fire completely out so no other homes are threatened. >> do you know how many homes were lost? there were talk about five lost and five others threatened? >> caller: last report is that we had five homes fully involved in the fire. >> and the apartment building, the bennington apartment building, was that evacuated orb just a precaution? >>. >> caller: vac wait as a precaution. so we've had about 50 evacuees head over to fairfield high. >> are there
the beginning of the challenges they face. >> rugged terrain, heat, very, very dry fields. our people tell us they have never seen fuel this dry. >> reporter: the fire has scorched 293 square miles. crews are using dozers to clear out brush and trees fuelling the flames and to cut containment lines. more than 4,000 firefighters have joined the effort including dozens from the bay area. >> we have a strike team here with me that consists of personnel and fire apparatus from all over santa clara county. >> reporter: including palo alto. firefighters are concerned about these clouds called convection column that can spew hot debris from the fire miles ahead of the containment lines. the fire is 23% contained but still threatening more than 4,000 homes and crews know they have a tough and long battle ahead. they don't expect to fully contain the fire until september 10. this is a self-contained base camp for the more than 4,000 firefighters out here fighting the rim fire. the day crew is coming in for dinner. the night crew is about to head out. this is a 24-hour firefighting effort. we know that
for the people who use this bridge every day. drivers got plenty of warning that a bridge closure was coming. >> going to take the kids across it. we'll walk the bridge with everybody else and hope to be one of the first million people to cross it. >> there were a lot of folks who wanted to be the last person to cross the bay bridge before it closed. some people were driving in slow motion and got the attention of the chp. >> the chp was on hand to clear the people out. they were in fact some of the last vehicles over. whether they got the last vehicle title doesn't matter as long as they got to have that last moment. >> reporter: the bridge closed at 8:05 and soon after that, the work began. >> still be grinding, grading, repaving, striping and creating a new roadway. between the toll plaza and the new east span of the bridge. >> reporter: the caltrans spokesperson says that 3 tons of dirt and gravel will be coming out. by tuesday the seismically safe side by side eastern span will be open. >> the port of oakland will be to the right, the east bay hills straight ahead. you come through the
acts. >> ifill: tempers often flare as the temperature outside rises. could climate change be making us more violent? ray suarez dives into the details of a new study. >> brown: and a powerful drama based on the true story of one man's last day, before being fatally shot on an oakland subway. we sit down with the director of "fruitvale station". >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> supported by the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. more information at >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: president obama has called off next month's planned meeting with russian president putin. that announcement today underscored the damage done by the dispute over edward snowden. for the record, the statement-- posted on the white house web
for students in oakland, a few are dealing more than just a first day. jay hahn hernandez is showing us of the shooting at one elementary school. >> but, yesterday two blocks away, of 1044th street, along with the mother and two girls were grazed by bullets. a neighbor tells us that the woman is pregnant. the shooter opened fire around 2:30 in the afternoon. they got caught in the cross fire. no one was seriously hurt. it is these type of situation, you have to deal with because the students are affected by the violence of the street >> many are dealing with things that other children don't have to deal in other places so i think we try the make school as safe and supportive as we can. >> when you come inside our campus, you will see that students are learning, it is a safe environment, it is a very carrying environment but outside of the school that's not always the case. >> reporter: back on the street, we spoke to one woman who's moving after 40 years in this neighborhood. police shows with bullets rick shated off her home yesterday. >> oakland police would not comment on camera toda
options on stay with us for continuing coverage of the looming strike. >>> new tonight, a car drives into people walking along the venice beach boardwalk in southern california. injuring at least a dozen people and one person has died. at least another person is hurt critically and another two separate serious injuries. several witnesses say the driver appeared to be in control of the car as it crashed into people. the driver then sped off. police haven't found him or his car since the crash around 6:00. witnesses describe him as in his mid 20s. >>> and flying shrapnel injured five spectators out watching the demolition of the old power plant in bakersfield today. one man's leg was severed. as jonathan gonzalez shows us authorities thought they had kept everyone at a safe distance from what was a planned implosion. >> three, two, one! hit it. >> reporter: this morning's pg&e power plant explosion goes aas expected but initially officials thought everything went according to plan. >> it was quick and all the structures fell as we anticipated. >> reporter: but notice the
deliberating and dan noyes has been inside of the courtroom following this trial. and will join with us a live report at 5:00 and 6:00 so stay tuned for that. good afternoon. >> another breaking story. sky 7 hd shows us crews on the scene of a brush fire. >> you can see flames charred dry brush. the area known as parks6!= reserve area training area. >> it's a center forearmy reserve personnel. you can see crews do seem to have a good handle on this one. >> if you missed a lit show last night you may get another chance to see it tonight. thousands of lightning strikes made for a spectacular display. we're live with more on this rare summer show. david? >> there is no doubt there was a big show last night according to senseors you can seebi backyards even. as mentioned there is a possibility of more tonight. how did you explain what he saw last night. abc 7 news cameras captured drama of lightning bolts estimated to be 50,000 degrees hot enough to spark fires if touching the ground. certified consulting meteorologist says low pressure system moving west across the state and continued to light up
: this couple lives on top of the hill overlooking the bridge. >> you're used to it. woke up and thought we lived in napa or somewhere. >> it was so quiet. >> we heard a bird singing. >> reporter: that's also the sound of money not making its way into the city. >> we usually stay busy until 9:00. sometimes we have to tell people that we're closed. >> folks, sorry to have to scoot out of that story. we want to bring you live. the construction update from caltran. >> here's the construction update. construction continues on schedule. the progress has been good at the tunnel. all pave iing into and out of t mouth to connection that section of the bridge has been completed. today the work will focus inside the tunnel. and later today they'll be washing the inside of the tunnel. demolition continues to move forward as well. they're removing a 1,000 foot-long section of the original westbound approach out of the toll plaza onto the original bridge. that's causing a conflict with the bike and pedestrian path in oakland. they are scheduled to have that completed by late tonight or tomorrow morning.
enforcement reason. >> woodruff: today, in san francisco, the u.s. attorney general said that number must come down. eric holder addressed the american bar association's annual meeting. >> although incarceration has a significant role to play in our justice system-- widespread incarceration at the federal, state, and local levels is both ineffective and unsustainable. it imposes a significant economic burden-- totaling $80 billion in 2010 alone-- and it comes with human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate. as a nation, we are coldly efficient in our incarceration efforts. with an outsized, unnecessarily large prison population, we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate, not merely to warehouse and forget. >> woodruff: one step toward a solution, according to holder: scale back mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, non- violent drug offenses. there are almost 220,000 prisoners in federal penitentiaries, now: 40% over capacity. nearly half those inmates are serving time for drug-related crimes. holder plans to tell federal prosecutors to ch
corridor >> we have probably the highest rate of air arrivals of any cities in the u.s. a lot of times in the midwest they're driving the visitors but we have them in by air. and they take taxi or use public transportation like the rails or trollies or whatever but they use public transportation here in town >> that's what we need to think about in terms of how the transit and what we look at. that's why transportation near the moscone is important >> i did not know that the hotel community kids to do an assessment i think it's a great thing to do. >> commissioner. >> thanks for the report. just a question. doesn't our data capture a b and b do you have any information >> we think there are about 5 thousand rooms but since they don't collect hotel tax we don't have the data on the actual usage in san francisco. >> i mean, i agree with you that neighborhood hotels would be great to have. i guess the question is for planning can build the hotels on the street - i know there are hotels on hate by could you billed on market street and the castro >> i believe yes, there were side lim
grades and changes in use and changes of occupancy and so if in this case there is no change of use or occupancy there is still two units and then we will, our department will look administratively again, at reissuing the 3 r based on this board's determination and we will discuss with our director and actually we are going to take whether we will do that based on the determination tonight or the subsequent permits as they proceed. >> okay. >> yeah, i mean that it seems to me that it has to be clarified that at if at some point the building sells again, we have a report that is issued with the units and if the determination tonight is that permit is going to be reinstated and the revocation is denied, and we will have to evaluate the reissuance of that report to reflect the actual two unit building. >> go ahead. >> i was going to say that we should focus on what is before us which the revocation. >> i believe thatis correct. >> so, would you like the roll to be called? >> that is my motion. >> okay. >> no. it was, it will be the commissioner hurtado. >> okay. >> and we concur. >> th
guard. how does it work? why was it so loud and can we opt out. kris sanchez joins us from san jose. this was the first time i received a text alert from the chp. >> in fact, that text did not come from the chp. it came from ctia, the wireless trade organization that manages the wireless emergency alerts. it's very confusing right now. you're not the only one who has questions about it. we found a lot of folks didn't know this was a possibility until the phones started blowing up around 11:00 last night. >> my phone went off last night. yeah, it caught me by surprise. >> even chp officer chris was caught off guard by the loud buzzing alarm coming from his cell phone when the san diego sheriff's department requested its amber alert for two abducted children. through the wr wireless emergency alerts program, amber alerts are now sent to all cell phones whether you sign up for the alerts or not. >> it worked. it we should have done that from the beginning when phones were in the system. >> on social media some folks were put off asking the ctia how to opt out. others asking that the al
to get to work are making alternative plans. >> actually, i need to use san mateo bridge. i used to use that one every day, too. >> the toll bridge oversight committee voted to make a temporary fix to the bolt problems. steel plates will be put in place to prevent movement during an earthquake. >>> and we're now 18 days until the opening of the new bay bridge. stay with abc 7 news for coverage and the big opening on september 3rd. >>> the sex offender who is a person of interest in the death of an oakland woman made a brief court appearance. amy, was this a related charge? >> reporter: that's right, kristen, but we learned today that randy was not allowed to have any contact with sandra coke. elana is being held for a parole violation and the judge decided this morning to continue to hold him in jail and decided not to set bail. today, we learned what police believe he did to violate his parole. >> well, the judge said that there were various terms and conditions of parole that he's accused of violating. and one of them was having contact with sandra coke. another was not charging his g
the fire was sparked by a smoke grenade used during an outdoor military training exercise. fire officials tell us flames consume about 170 acres before the fire was contained about two hours ago. now right now crews remain on the scene looking for hot spots. we have live team coverage tonight of the fire danger in the bay area. ktvu's john sasaki is in the north bay with a look at how firefighters are preparing. >>> first our chief meteorologist bill martin joins us in the weather center with a look at the conditions. >> they were pretty hot, certainly 90 degrees at the fire zone and the winds were west-northwest at 5 miles per hour. this was not a lightning sparked fire. but of course that's what the concerns are. check out the lightning showing up just east of the area right now. you can see it's going off in the hills around yosemite and deer valley. now working its way up into donner summit. looks like they'll stay north tonight but there's a shot tomorrow night. everyone tonight one could drift over the valley. right here in effect in the northern counties of northern california. sh
just don't want to contribute to them helping us, in this regard. i don't think that they can do it better than we can do it. and i think that we here have the talent to figure out how to help ourselves. and how to help mlk. and i'm actually pretty frustrated with bringing in outsiders to help this particular school which i believe we can find our own talent to do that work. and if we need to put people focused on it, i would like to see us provide that dedicated talent to that particular site and that leadership team. and if we need more time, on working on that, i think that i would like to see us do that and work towards that. i don't want to give teach for america our money to do what i think that they already need to be working on on their own and when they get it together, then i will be more than happy to entertain a package of how they can help us do some recruitment and retention, teacher refencing for a school like mlk. which i believe is highly specialized needs. and i don't believe that teach for america is that organization, i think that it is sfusd, and i believe th
. first the crisis in syria where it is 9:00 a.m. on saturday. abc news is reporting there could be u.s. military action there as soon as this weekend. the president and his staff meeting today and deciding how to respond to the masacre that leav 1400 people with chemical weans and with four u.s. navy ships off the syrian coast, the whe house is leaving little doubt that the ited states would respond with force. >> from the white house, president obama is wighing the options in response to a chemical weapons attack he said syria's government carried outlast week. the president is speaking wit his national security team while assuring americans that a strike against al-assad's government would not pull the u.s. into a long-term conflict. >> we are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act and we are not considering open-ended commitment and not csidering boots on the ground approach. >> reporter: military experts say the u.s. is eyeing a measured response in the form of airstrikes in syria's capital. >> don't go after the unit that conducted these attacks. they know who the uni
to be safe we should all avoid making sex tapes in north korea. thank you for joining us, we'll have the latest on syria, we're always on line at, and have a great week. schedule, the paving, the grinding and the striping is moving as planned. the only thing behind schedule are the drivers who are stuck taking the long way around. good evening. i'm carolyn johnson. >> and i'm ama dates in for dan ashley. we will have more on the bridge in a moment. first the crisis in syria where it is 9:00 a.m. on saturday. abc news is reporting there could be u.s. military action there as soon as this weekend. the president and his staff is meeting today and deciding how to respond to the masacre that leaves 1400 people with chemical weapons and with four u.s. navy ships off the syrian coast, the white house is leaving little doubt that the united states would respond with force. >> from the white house, president obama is weighing the options in response to a chemical weapons attack he said syria's government carried outlast week. the president is speaking with his national security te
. >> reporter: she said she used some b.a.r.t. alternatives during the last strike. >> i have tried the bus. i have done the muni and the ferry. >> reporter: this evening, we had hoped for an update from some of the unions before 11:00. i have been exchanging messages with one of the spokesperson s from that union. she tells me she is not sure when she will give us further information because everyone is still at the negotiating table. of course we will monitor this throughout this newscast and we should have an update if anything changes. live in oakland, abc 7 news. >>> san francisco mayor ed lee has some strong words for both sides in the b.a.r.t. negotiations, work out a deal or else. >> if they can't get it together on i think a privilege to negotiation agreements between the two, then i think that privilege might have to be removed. if it is, it's a sorry state. it's a failure. >> reporter: lee says if b.a.r.t. workers resume their strike, he will consider asking the governor to step in. he called the last b.a.r.t. strike a hardship on commuters. the vast majority of people are cringing
, you know, made us safer. we know what does and doesn't make us safer. >> reporter: it won't affect sentencing for drug offenders locally. but gascon says it is something he is working on and he may go to the voters to decide. >> what i'm saying if you have possession of drugs for personal use, it should be punishable no more than a misdemeanor. frankly, a year in jail is plenty of a conviction for simple possession of drugs of any kind of drug. again, we're not talking about people possessing large quantities of drugs or dealing. we are talking about people possessing drugs for personal use. >> reporter: the real question tonight is, how many of the country's 94 u.s. attorneys will implement the changes that holder is suggesting? how they handle the criminal cases is really at their discretion. i contacted northern california u.s. attorney melinda haag. a spokesman says she is not making any comments. >> linda, when we're talking about all the people in federal prisons across the country and drug offenders, how do the numbers break down? >> reporter: the federal prison population i
, unnecessarily large prison population, we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate, not merely to warehouse and forget. >> woodruff: one step toward a solution, according to holder: scale back mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, non- violent drug offenses. there are almost 220,000 prisoners in federal penitentiaries, now: 40% over capacity. nearly half those inmates are serving time for drug-related crimes. holder plans to tell federal prosecutors to change the way they handle those cases. >> they now will be charged with offenses for which the accompanying sentences are better suited to their individual conduct, rather than excessive prison terms more appropriate for violent criminals or drug kingpins. >> woodruff: the attorney general wants states to do likewise, given that 225,000 people are serving time in state prisons for drug crimes. there is longstanding, bi- partisan support for such reform. u.s. senator richard durbin of illinois has introduced the "smarter sentencing act", co- sponsored by fellow democrat patrick leahy of vermont
the bay. thanks for joining us i'm kris sanchez along with meteorologist rob mayeda. we have our first football game today. so it feels like fall. >> well, the weather will be comfortable, but may include some drizzle for the next couple of hours. especially around san francisco and oakland. 50s, low clouds all the way inland. a healthy see breeze into liver more this morning. should see sunshine for areas east of san francisco. but all day on the coast it's going to be cool with the drizzle perhaps lingering into the afternoon along the seashore. highs today, 60. 70s in san jose. low 08 ree80s inland today. temperatures look to get cooler, we'll talk about that coming up. a few minutes. >> thank you very much. >>> well, that tick tock of the clock is growing louder and louder. we are now 24 hours away from what could be another paralyzing b.a.r.t. strike. negotiations ended last night around 11:30. this is the negotiators walking out of the meeting room. again, salary, benefits, still the major sticking points. when the four-year contract between b.a.r.t. and the two largest labor uni
and justice for all. >> please be advised that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pages and similiar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. please be advised that the chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any persons responsible for the ringing or or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic device. please be advised that a member of the public has up to three minute to make pertinent public comment on each agenda item unless the port commission adopts a shorter period on any item. next item items not list on the agenda. >> we have alex walker from san francisco beautiful. >> good afternoon commissioners. my name is alex walker representing san francisco beautiful an organization that existed for more than 60 years in san francisco and the cable cars under threat of being dismantled and i am here to talk about an issue in the august meeting. the proposed what is the pilot recognition program for piers for the mou between the port commission and the organizing authority. san francisco beautiful has always stood with
day without a deal. cheryl herd joins us with the latest on the march. not a lot of progress made today it seems. >> reporter: not a lot today because negotiations ended earlier. hundreds are expected to show up here at the plaza tonight. it's 14th and broadway. that's the location many protests have taken place in the past. as you can see, union members are setting up for the labor rally in support of b.a.r.t. workers. a strike could happen at midnight on sunday. both sides were at the table earlier today, but negotiations ended early, so union members could attend. labor unions and community organizations from all over northern california are expected to be here. even members of the occupy movement said they will be here tonight in support of b.a.r.t. workers. that's why oakland police are concerned, unlike last time when things got out of hand during a march in oakland. police say this time they -- >> trayvon martin protesters plan to meet with the already organized union who plans to do their own rally and have their own messaging that they want to send. so we have received in
there are many needs the state has state has to take care of. it's on us. that is why the tension right now. >> saying there are no plan b, just plan a.>> bart board has bn criticized for staying silent on negotiations we caught wupt director told us the board hasn't been in negotiations since june. >> i believe we have not been doing enough. you know sni was elected to serve the people. you know? it doesn't mean very to take labor or management sides. so i understand the tactic. you know? but i don't necessarily agree. >> union leaders asked members to get more involved in the negotiate prog ses they made that plea in a special meeting in oakland just this morning. >> tonight one state senator considering a law to make transit strikes illegal. our team coverage continue nouz with cornell bernard live at the pleasant hill bart station. cornell? >> some frustrated bart riders saying tonight there ought to be a law keeping both sides at the negotiations table wout option of a strike. you know, other states have it and a state senator says it's about time california did, too. if there is a str
and go to the u.s. to work and they never have a problem and they can stay here for long. why is there an exception to >> good morning. xception to thank you for being here. i'm here this morning with the mayor of south san francisco, mayor pedro gonzalez. i'm here with supervisor scott wiener, with our treasurer jose cisneros, our city administrator naomi kelly, representatives of mayor kwan in oakland, from our sfnta john haley, members of our work force and economic development teams and our assessor recorder carmen chu, along with our department of human resources mickey callahan. also to my immediate left here is california state secretary of labor, marty morgan stern. this morning we have come together to talk about the need to reach an agreement on our bart system. the whole week, and certainly weeks in the past, i have engaged people working in our hotels, in our coffee shops, in our restaurants, small businesses the like. i couldn't even get a burrito without confronting somebody who asked that we take our stand object behalf of the public. that we need an agreement a
is joining us now with what police are saying about the search and a person of interest now in the case. good morning, katie. >> reporter: police have arrested a man who is called a person of interest. he was last seen with coke's vehicle and credit cards. more on him in a moment. investigators have not said if he pointed them here to the fairgrounds or not. oakland detectives say he called is for detectives around 6:00. as darkness fell search and rescue teams combed an undeveloped area. oakland police say they are still treating this as a missing persons case. coke a federal investigator was seen sunday evening. coke's car, cell phone, and credit cards have been located but still no sign of the missing mother. investigators are not saying while they are searching an area that spans from interstate 80 to the city of vallejo. >> it was deemed that tonight we should start tonight to get it started. that this was made with the oakland investigators as well as our search and rescue personnel. >> search crews paused their efforts early this morning and will resume around 8:00 a.m.. oakland police
to the area. coke's sister said coke's teenage daughter used the find my iphone app sunday night. >> like a good technologically savvy teenager, she saw her mom's phone zigzagging all over the north bay area. we know it came to rest in richmond. it seemed to be all over in oakland and vacaville and different neighborhoods. >> reporter: a police source says surveillance cameras captured the car crossing a bridge. another camera showed coke's former boyfriend, parolee randy alano, gassing up her car and using her atm card. alana, who has been arrested on a parole violation and named a personal of interest in the case, was found with coke's fees and her credit card. he also had on muddy boots. >> this is an ongoing investigation. it's evolving and evolving quickly now. things have happened. a body has been located. >> reporter: the body has not yet been removed from the scene, and when it is, we are told it will be taken to the county coroner's office to be identified. so far we haven't heard anything from coke's family. but a co-worker tells me as awful as this discovery is, perhaps it will
to the desk. >>> police say a party bus crashed at about 11:00 p.m.. alex savidge is near the scene tells us police have a man in custody. he may be the driver. alex. >> reporter: it's possible. the driver though was gone. the driver of the party bus nowhere to be found when chp officers first pulled up to this crash a short time later they did find the man. he has since been detained for key questioning. veered off the highway, hit a tree and went down an embankment. one man a passenger was found dead inside that wrecked bus. the crash was just before 11 crank last night on northbound 280. just south of the alpine road exit. investigators don't know what caused the bus to crash. mainly because they haven't figured out who was driving yet. a chp spokesman says the man that was found near this scene is not being cooperative. >> we are trying to figure out if he was the driver or any way involved in the collision. >> reporter: and the chp says if that man turns out to be the driver, he could of course face charges for the death of the passenger. the man that was killed here was in his mid to l
>>>. >> good evening, everyone and thanks for joining us. there is a manhunt under way in downtown oakland tonight after four people were shot. police say the shooter and another man were seen breaking into a car on telegraph avenue around 4:00 this afternoon. police say they smashed a car window and stole a purse. witnesses chased off the men, but came back and opened fire. >> i hear a bunch of sirens and i hit the corner and people were there shot. i found out my girl got shot and all of this over a broken window and a few meaningless possessions. it's pointless. >> one of the victims is in critical condition tonight. three others are expected to survive. another shooting in oakland. this one last night. two people were kill and two others wounded after a shooting at a birthday party just after 11:00 near 105th avenue and san le apd row boulevard. police fount three people suffering for gunshot wounds. two died and the third was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. a fourth showed up later at the emergency room. that person is listed in stable condition. a well-known sur
-of-control fire has already left the park badly scarred. to protect the giant sequoias, they are using sprinklers. ash is falling in a reservoir that supplies much of san francisco water. it hasn't affected water quality yet, but some generators that rely on the reservoir to power the city have been shut down. and while a vast majority of yosemite national park remains open, frank, about 200 of the 1500 camping sites are now closed. >> okay. why aren't yosemite park officials as concerned with the fire pushing to the northwest side of the park? it's still open for business, right? >> reporter: it still is. if anything, a lot of those campsites were actually closed down because of thick smoke. it wasn't necessarily the flames. but one of the reasons that they're not as concerned for that section of the fire is really because of some of the forest's own natural resources protecting itself. as the fire continues to push northwest into the park, it's actually being greeted by rock and granite which is obviously not fuel for the fire as opposed to some of the dry brush that it's got to already. bigad
tell us about 50 homes are under evacuation orders. the fire reported at 3:40 this afternoon burning along interstate 80. the flames jumped and spread to marie gold drive where the fire started to damage homes. and that prompted the highway patrol to call alerts with eastbound traffic slowing more miles. let's go to ken wayne live in fairfield with new information. >> reporter: we are outside fairfield high school which is turning into a command center and evacuation center for residents that's affected by the fire. you can see the video of how big the fire is. the flames have been knocked out, there is still smoke coming from the scene, it is now 70% contained and joining me now is sergeant blank from the fairfield department, what is the status of the fire now, most of it is out. >> the currently it is about 70% contained and they'll be there all night and making sure that it will not clear up again. >> correct. >> we have a lot of fires burning across california right now, do fire departments have resources to put the fire out, they're stretched so thin. was there enough to get a
really feel badly for this family next to us. they've been my neighbors for a long time. >> reporter: the family who lost this home tell me they'll be staying with relatives, grateful nobody lost their life. this woman was evacuated, but convinced firefighters to go back to the apartment to rescue the puppies. >> my kids are the most important, but i can't leave my animals behind. >> reporter: firefighters tell me they will remain here in the neighborhood for the night to keep an eye on hot spots. ktvu channel 2 news. >> our team coverage begins with ken who is live with what we have learned about the cause of the fire. >> reporter: streets are still closed here. fire officials say they know where the fire started, but they admit they may never know exactly how it started. it was called in at 3:39 this afternoon, a fire burning along the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of interstate 80 when there was a cigarette or a spark from a vehicle or something else, but nothing has been determined. it was a challenge for firefighters. >> it's extremely hard and moves extremely fast. you lit
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